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This is the most comprehensive language site on the Web. It has numerous English dictionaries and thesauruses and over 280 dictionaries of foreign languages. There are specialty dictionaries like medical and legal, multilingual, crossword, reverse and rhyming dictionaries. There are glossaries, antonyms and synonyms, information about courses and about linguistic research.
One Look Dictionaries
This site has definitions and translations. If you misspell the word you're
looking up, a list of possible correct spellings appears.
Download free fonts for foreign languages from this site.
Insert sample text in the box and then click detect language.
Enter a sample. Click "Identify" 102 languages are supported.
Free online lessons in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish may be found here. Type the language's name in the search box. No audio content.
BBC World Service
Some free lessons in forty languages from Albanian to Urdu. Click Radio>languages to link to BBC broadcasts in forty languages.
This is the full product brought to you by the Chester County Library System. Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.
Radio Lingua Network
Read about foreign language lessons for adults in the area.
International Phonetic Association
See the International Phonetic Alphabet, the symbols that represent all the sounds of the world's languages.
Wikipedia - International Phonetic Alphabet
Learn about the symbols that represent the sounds of speech.
Peter Ladefoged A Course in Phonetics
Hear the sound for each phonetic symbol.
A collection of phrases in many different languages with sound files for some of them.
Translate a block of text, a web page or a document.
This site translates up to 1000 characters. It's easy to enter special characters. It translates Web pages.
Find over 500 high quality sites on all aspects of language.
Search languages or a particular language to see articles and lessons by volunteer contributors. Ex. Czech language, Greek language lessons
Yahoo Search Directory
Search languages in the directory to see recommended Web sites.
Read about each country's languages, both living and extinct, how many people speak each language there and each country's official language(s). View world sign languages for the deaf. See Web links.
Click a location on the interactive US map to see which languages are spoken there and by how many people. Also, search by state, county, city, town or zip code to learn which languages and how many speakers of each are found there. The site is limited to the 30 most common languages.
Find international newspapers (also magazines, radio and TV) arranged by region then by country or state (US).
See online news, magazines, journals and other electronic print formats worldwide. Information is arranged by language then by country.
Find radio station Web pages by city, zip, state, call letters or Internet streaming radio. Also find World radio lists arranged by country, station format or frequency.
Search Engine Colossus
Here are links to search engines used in other countries.
International Television Broadcasts
Find online TV in over 14 major languages
See video clips of thousands of ASL signs.
The Alpha Dictionary Site
Search over 900 online dictionaries at once. Find the most often mispronounced or misspelled words, games and featured words.
Type a clue and a word pattern to see a list of possible words.
OneLook Dictionary Search
Describe a concept; get back a list of possible words.
Rhymer by WriteExpress
Look up end rhymes, double rhymes, last syllable rhymes, beginning rhymes and first syllable rhymes.
Find rhymes of numerous syllables, related words, similar sounding words and related words.
This is Roget's online thesaurus. Find synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposites) for words.
OIC Literacy Program - Exton
Learn English pronunciation, spelling, office skills, TOEFL preparation and more using computer programs. The Chester County OIC Program sponsors this computer-assisted instruction at the Chester County Library. (610) 280-2618
Offering four levels of instruction with both day and evening classes, CC-OIC instructs non-native English speakers from the very beginner to the advanced student who is thinking about entering post-secondary education.
Volunteer tutors teach the English language and American culture to adult immigrants. Sessions are twice a week for 1 ½ hours/session for a year.
Community providers that offer English as a Second Language.
Students will find links to tutors who will answer questions, idioms, verb phrases, pronunciation, slang and more. Teachers will find links to ideas, jobs, advanced degrees, certification and more.
Subscribe to free, daily English as a Second Language podcasts. Additional materials are available for sale.
VOA is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the US government. Listen online to informational, educational and cultural programs in English and 47 other languages.
The Special English used by Voice of America consists of 1500 words. Stories are made up of simple sentences using no idioms or passive verbs. They are read at a slow pace. Text for each story is on
Learn grammar and vocabulary. Listen to radio programs and download supporting material. Watch videos, do interactive exercises and get tips about pronunciation. Use the links to other sites about learning English.
Online Etymology Dictionary
What is the earliest written record of an English word? What are its origins?
This site includes statistics, geographic distribution of English, list of countries where English is the official language and variants of English (Airspeak, Policespeak, European English, Simplified English used by the Voice of America).
The Standard Language of a country is the official or "most correct" language that is found in dictionaries, taught in schools, used in courts and in literature.
Read about American English Phonology, Differences between British English and American English, English Words that Arose in the US , Words that are Obsolete Outside the US and Regional Differences in the US .
Read about British English, Indian English, South African English and other English dialects worldwide.
Some examples of regional accents are the New Zealand accent, the Jamaican accent, the Hiberno-English ( Ireland ) accent.
This is a help file for English grammar with a table of contents.
There are lots of links to grammar sites here.
This site from Purdue University has handouts, exercises and Power Point presentations
on grammar and writing.
Learn new terms that have appeared multiple times in books, the media and the Internet.
antimoon.com Learn English effectively
Click a phonetic character and hear its sound as an American or as a British person would
Hear the sound for each phonetic symbol.
Browse or look up slang, chat or blog about it.
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